Title: Evaluating the effectiveness of role playing in the sport management curriculum

Authors: David Pierce, Joan Middendorf

Addresses: School of Physical Education, Sport and Exercise Science, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306, USA. ' Campus Instructional Consulting, Indiana University, 601 East Kirkwood Avenue, Franklin Hall 004, Bloomington, IN 47405, USA

Abstract: The purpose of this research is to determine if role playing is a pedagogical strategy that can assist sport management educators in achieving educational objectives. This article provides a brief literature review to establish the rationale for implementing role playing in classroom, describes a role play activity created for a course in intercollegiate athletics policy, and assesses student learning using background knowledge probes, focused listing, concept mapping and written responses to open-ended questions. Results indicated that role playing meets the needs of sport management educators who are attempting to offer students an active learning environment that balances theory and practice while equipping students with the skills necessary to make decisions.

Keywords: sport management courses; role playing; intercollegiate athletics; problem-based learning; PBL; college sports; sport management pedagogy; innovative pedagogy; sport management curriculum; sport management education.

DOI: 10.1504/IJSMM.2008.018652

International Journal of Sport Management and Marketing, 2008 Vol.4 No.2/3, pp.277 - 294

Available online: 04 Jun 2008 *

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